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Fairmount Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 321 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted February 13, 2014

School has great ratings but sadly it all looks great on the outside only. We tried to make it work for 3 years but it didn't. Kindergarden teacher was mean and fake friendly. My both kids didn't want to go to school from the first week (and they both loved going to pre-k!). They always complained about teacher being mad (K and 1st grade especially). I agree with the post above about the first grade teacher being fake and inexperienced as well. Second grade was a little better but it didn't get to the good where it would make us to stay. Principal seems like a good person but school is small, there's a lot of gossip and it is set in the old ways where new/fresh ideas are not welcome. PTA is for coffee and donuts and the main concern for them is to raise money... We were able to move and transferred kids to different district. It's been almost a year now and it's a great feeling for me as a parent to see my kids finally being exited to go to school. I do not recommend this school if you want your child to be exited about learning from the very start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

This school is amazing. There could not be more parent-teacher and principal-community involvement from Fairmount Elementary in Downers Grove.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

New first grade teacher seems unqualified to teach in a public school. Her attitude is fake and not sure if she really likes the kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Fairmount School becuase they really are an extension of our families in this community. The school is small, the class sizes are small and the children get the exact attention they need! My son struggles in school and has a hard time paying attention and focused. The teachers and staff there are very good about making sure he stays with the class and does not get left behind. They are all available for the families at just about any time. They make me feel and know that I am the parent and main educator of my son and together, we can make sure these kids know they can be and do anything they want to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

Excellent programs and teachers
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female71%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female63%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female88%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female75%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female100%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female94%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 51%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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6036 Blodgett Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Phone: (630) 719-5838

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